What is Travel Soccer? Travel soccer simply refers to inter-town league play as opposed to town leagues. Generally speaking, it also implies a higher level of play as compared to town or recreational programs.
What is the Trumbull United Soccer Club (TUSC)? Trumbull United Soccer Club was founded in the early 1980's and is affiliated with the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association (CJSA), which is the state governing body regulating youth soccer at the travel and premier levels. CJSA in turn is part of the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA), which governs all organized youth soccer programs nationwide, from recreational through premier soccer. Over the past two decades, Trumbull United has built a reputation in the state and the region as one of Connecticut’s most consistently strong programs, with teams regularly advancing to (and winning!) State Cup championships and local and regional tournaments. We have also developed many players who have gone on to play at the premier, high school, and college levels, as well as in-state and regional Olympic Development Program (ODP) soccer teams. Trumbull United is most proud of its history of providing the means for thousands of local youth who have passed through the program to develop to the fullest of their individual ability, whatever that may be.
Why should my child play travel soccer? If your child is showing either interest or ability having played soccer at the local level, travel soccer is the next logical step. Your child will be provided an opportunity to play challenging games thereby reducing boredom and promoting interest in the sport. Your child will be trained and coached by soccer professionals who have extensive experience as players and teachers of the game. All coaching candidates must be able to demonstrate a proven track record of success in coaching youth soccer in order to be a member of the Trumbull United coaching staff. We have some of the best coaches in the state, as proven by the consistent success of our teams and individual players, year after year.
Does an eight-year-old need a professional coach? Doesn’t a professional coach just fall into the category of “too much, too early?”
Although certainly some children will excel despite their lack of training, there is clearly a right and a wrong way to learn how to play soccer, just like anything else. Learning bad habits or techniques at an early age is undesirable in any activity; once acquired, they can be extremely difficult to unlearn at a later stage. The best way to assure your child is getting proper training and coaching is with a professional coach.
Who are Trumbull United’s professional coaches? It is important to note, that being a great player does not automatically make someone a great coach – so Trumbull United considers a strong record as a player as only part of the picture. Coaching candidates must also demonstrate a proven track record of success in coaching youth soccer. And, since the great majority of our professional coaches come to us recommended by current members of our coaching staff, references are readily available and always checked.
What is the time commitment? There is one league game per week within Fairfield County, usually on a Sunday afternoon and the teams practice twice a week. Teams usually participate in two tournaments per season and State Cup competition for ages U-11 and older.